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NEVADA TEST SITE HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

SIXTH ANNUAL DINNER MEETING

Las Vegas, Nevada

19 October 2004

The sixth annual meeting of the NTS Historical Foundation was conducted in the third floor rotunda of the Frank H. Rogers Science and Technology Building, 755 East Flamingo Road, Las Vegas Nevada. Guest speaker was Dr. Kerr giving his keynote addressDr. Donald M. Kerr, Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency, whose topic was "Intelligence Now and Then."

Preceding an outstanding banquet dinner, Nick Aquilina welcomed the members and guests, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, Introduction of Guest, Invocation. Afterwards the DRI President's Report was given by Chris Maples. Linda Smith gave the NTSHF President's Report, and Dr. Bill Johnson presented the museum construction status. Trustee election was conducted by Linda Smith. Special presentations and honors were conducted by Bob Agonia followed by concluding remarks by Nick Aquilina.

NTSHF VIP Banquet guestsAmong the distinguished guests and members were former Nevada governor Bob List, former first lady Sandy Miller, Rossi Ralenkotter of the Las Vegas Convention Authority, Somer Hollingsworth of the Nevada Development Authority, Former Los AlamosNTSHF VIP Banquet guests Lab Director John Brown, Tom Axtell from Channel 10, members of the gaming and banking community, and members of Roadrunners Internationale that included RI president Roger Andersen, vice president and former president Hank Meierdierck, Vice President Bob Gilliland, Vice President and Webmaster T.D. Barnes, and members Harry Andonian and Clyde Fancher.

Dr. Kerr is the successor of Dr. Bud Wheelon, high-level CIA boss of the Roadrunners during Area 51 U-2 and A-12 Projects Idealist and Oxcart respective during the 1950's and 60's. Dr. Kerr was appointed Deputy Director for Science and Technology in August 2001. Previously he had served as an Assistant Director of the FBI. He was responsible for the Laboratory Division, which conducts forensic examinations; develops surveillance and tacticalL-R: Roadrunner Hank Meierdierck, former USAF U-2 pilot and CIA Operations Chief during Project Oxcart, Dr. Donald Kerr, currently CIA Deputy Director Science and Technology, and Roadrunner T.D. Barnes, former EG&G Special Projects CIA Contractor at Area 51 communications technologies; and supports law enforcement through research, training, and operational deployments. Prior to his most recent assignment, Dr. Kerr had several key executive positions in private industry, including Executive President and Director at Science Applications International Corporation; and President and Director of EG&G, Inc. He has been Director of the Los Alamos national laboratory and began his career there in 1966, working in high altitude weapons effects, nuclear test detection, and ionospheric physics. Dr. Kerr moved to the Department of Energy in 1976 as Deputy manager of the Nevada Operations Office. He moved to the Department of Energy in 1976 as Deputy Manager of the Nevada Operations Office. He then served in Washington, DC, as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary of the Defense Programs and Energy Technology, respective, before returning to Los Alamos as Director.

L-R: Roadrunners Roger Andersen (partial view), Becky Andersen, Doris Barnes, TD Barnes, Hank Meierdierck, Clyde Francher
L-R: Roadrunners Roger Andersen (partial view), Becky Andersen, Doris Barnes, TD Barnes, Hank Meierdierck, Clyde Francher

Hank Meierdierck sitting on left and Roger Andersen standing
Hank Meierdierck sitting on left and Roger Andersen standing

Bob Gilliland and Harry Andonian, Ernie standing to left.
Bob Gilliland and Harry Andonian, Ernie standing to left

Bob Friedrichs, Senior Scientic Advisor, DOE National Security Administration
Bob Friedrichs, Senior Scientic Advisor, DOE National Security Administration

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